The First In The Series Of Its Roundtable Being Organised On November 10 At New Delhi
International Road Federation (IRF), a Geneva based global body working for better and safer roads world wide with an aim to stimulate the deployment of safe, smart and sustainable solutions for road networks using technology in India has planned series of high level Roundtables on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to be held in India in next 15 months.
“The first of the roundtable on Intelligent Transport System (ITS) supported by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) termed as ‘Chalo India’’ will be held in New Delhi on November 10 this month . ITS has significantly reduced road accidents, congestion and pollution, and attracted sustainable financing in many countries world wide .” Said MR K K Kapila, Chairman , International Road Federation (IRF) .
“However, to date, ITS has not been deployed widely enough in India. The IRF will bring together national and local government officials, and senior executives on one platform to jointly lead and transform policy, legislation, finance and technology to create the right market conditions and partnerships to fully leverage the potential of ITS to benefit the economy and society as a whole.” Said Mr Kapila.
“The planned Four Roundtables, to be held over the next 15 months, will bring together representatives of several leading international and Indian companies, and relevant government officials, to develop an action plan for better, faster and efficient exploitation of ITS to promote ‘’SMART mobility’’ in India. The action plan will also provide a strategy for ITS in India that will facilitate and accelerate the uptake of ITS and the manufacturing of ITS equipment’s in the country, and hence contribute towards the ‘’Make in India’’ initiative.” Said Mr Kapila.
“The ITS experts and stakeholders attending the roundtable will work towards developing a strategic road map that will stimulate and accelerate the deployment of ITS in India to solve two pressing problems: ROAD SAFETY – addressing the gap in enforcement of traffic rules and regulation, and TRAFFIC CONGESTION
“The extensive deployment of ITS will have a major impact that will include: Mobility improvements, as measured in travel time and on time performance, Higher capacity utilisation of existing network and better levels of service; Cost savings to transport providers, users and travellers, Improved safety through greater control on vehicle speeds, mitigate traffic conflicts or traffic law violations and Energy and environmental benefits through fuel savings and reduced pollutants emissions.” added Mr Kapila.
“An extensive application of ITS can also be an important part of other initiatives of the Government, namely, Make in India, Smart Cities and Digital India. ITS has delivered important but incremental changes to transport systems world wide. ITS has provided significant benefits from deployments of dynamic speed zones and active lane management, ramp metering, traveller information systems, e-tolling and other well established systems.” Said Mr Kapila.